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Karacasu (District Municipality, Turkey)

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Flag of Karacasu - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 17 April 2015


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Presentation of Karacasu

The municipality of Karacasu (19,936 inhabitants in 2012, 6,524 in the town proper; 79,036 ha) is located 90 km of Aydın.

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016


Flag of Karacasu

The flag of Karacasu (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The emblem of Karacasu features a column recalling the town of Aphrodisias, whose ruins are located close to the village of Geyre. Quoting the Aphrodisias Homepage (New York University):

Two prehistoric settlement mounds mark the earliest habitation of the site, in the sixth or fifth millennium B.C. In spite of its long occupation, Aphrodisias remained a small village until the second century B.C., the date of the earliest coins and inscriptions recording the name of the city. In the late first century B.C., Aphrodisias came under the personal protection of the Roman emperor Augustus, and a long period of growth and good fortune ensued. The first several centuries A.D. were especially prosperous, and the cosmopolitan character of the age is demonstrated by the presence in this quintessentially pagan city of an active Jewish community, attested in a famous inscription listing benefactors of the local Synagogue. The continued vitality of the city in later antiquity is evident from the wholesale reconstruction of the Temple of Aphrodite as a Christian Basilica in the late fifth century. In the troubled times of the late sixth and early seventh centuries, Aphrodisias was reduced once again to the size of a village; it survived until the fourteenth century, when the site was finally abandoned.

The first systematic excavations at the site were begun in 1961 under the aegis of New York University, and were directed by the late Kenan Erim until his death in 1990.
Aphrodisias is well-known for its fine sculpture. Good marble quarries are located only a mile away from the city, and by the Late Hellenistic period, a strong local tradition of marble sculpture had already taken root. In later generations, Aphrodisian sculptors are known to have worked abroad on prestigious commissions, for example, at Hadrian's villa at Tivoli.

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 6 March 2016